Advent/Christmas at FPC

2013 Happenings for Advent and Christmas


Sunday Worship

Advent I • Church Family Sunday
December 1, 10:00am
Lectionary readings: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44

Advent II
December 8, 8:30am and 10:00am
Lectionary readings: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12

Advent III
December 15, 8:30am and 10:00am
Lectionary readings: Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 146: 5-10 or Luke 1:47-55; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11

Advent IV
December 22, 8:30am and 10:00am
Lectionary readings: Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25

Family Service
December 22, 5:00pm

Cherub Choir Anthems
“Once upon a Christmas Light”
Children’s Musical
Genesis and Chi-Rho Choirs
Chapel Bell Choir

Live Nativity on the lawn
December 22, 5:45pm
Sign up outside Room 120 to be a king, a shepherd, Mary or Joseph!

Pass The Light • Major Motion Picture Screening Event
December 22, 7:30pm
Before the movie comes to theaters this summer. Sponsored by the Westminster Choir. Suggested Donation $5 — benefiting The Sara Jane Hussey Memorial Fund. Recommended for youth starting at junior high age on through adults. A heart-warming story about love and standing up for what is right, starring well-known Disney actors.

Christmas Eve

8:00pm • Candlelight Lessons and Carols Service

Pilgrim and Westminster Choirs
First Church Ringers
Brass Ensemble

11:00pm • Candlelight Lessons and Carols Service

Chancel Choir
Chancel Handbells Choir
Brass Ensemble

Sunday, December 29

10:00am only • Family Worship in the Sanctuary
(No Sunday School)
Christmas Carol Hymn Sing

Advent Events

Sunday, December 1 • 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Advent Festival, Fellowship Hall
Start the holiday season making decorations, Fun and crafts for all ages.

Thursday, December 5 • 12:00pm

Women’s Fellowship Christmas Luncheon Lunch & Seasonal Program

Saturday, December 7 • 9:00am-12:00pm

Deacons’ Cookie Walk
Baked holiday cookies & goodies for sale to raise money for Deacons’ projects and missions

Saturday, December 7 • 9:00am-12:00pm

Chancel Choir Caroling
Caroling party at a Senior Center in Cedar Grove. All singers meet at 2:30pm at church. All are welcome to join members of the Chancel Choir entertain this special group.

Sunday, December 8 • 5:30pm

Buffet Christmas Dinner, Fellowship Hall
Ticket available at Coffee Hour or weekdays in the Church Office until Dec. 2nd

Sunday, December 8 • 7:30pm

Broadway stars past and present. Advance Donation $15 At the door $20

Thursday, December 12 • 6:30pm-8:00pm

Jr. High Stocking Stuffing for “Strengthen Our Sisters”

Friday, December 13 • 7:00pm – Saturday, December 14th • 9:00am

Sr. High Lock Out
An evening of fun on the town and an overnight at church!

Saturday, December 14th • 12:00pm

Strengthen our “Sisters Christmas Party” 12:00pm
Take a gift tag from the tree by the Christian Ed. Desk and bring a gift, help cook, or help at the Party. Contact Jean Cortese, 973-228-2445, Gifts due by Dec. 8th.

Sunday, December 15 • 2:00-6:00pm

“Veggietale” Movie Day (Parents shopping day!)  For kids up to 5th grade

Wednesday, December 18 • 6:00pm

Youth Club families will celebrate the Christmas season together with a Potluck dinner.

Thursday, December 19 • 6:30-8:00pm

 Jr. High Christmas Party
Bring a gag gift!

Friday, December 20 • 6:30-9:00pm

Sr. High Christmas Dinner

Saturday, December 21 • 10:00am

Cherub Choir 

Sunday, December 22

5:00pm • FAMILY CHRISTMAS SERVICE “Once upon a Christmas Light”

5:45pm • LIVE NATIVITY on the church lawn Hot cocoa & cookies
Bring your family, bring your neighbors and friends!

7:30pm “Pass the Light” Movie screening (see opposite page)

Friday, December 27 • 9:00am – 3:00pm

Cabin Fever Day Kids 1st-5th grade, come for games, crafts, movies and fun! Register with Jaime Staehle by email:

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